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With final mission, Kluting says goodbye to SAR

Don Kluting resigned from Sitka Mountain Rescue on July 30, 2014, after 29 years as a SAR volunteer. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)When search and rescue responded to a call on Harbor Mountain last Friday, the mission marked the end of an era: it was the final outing for Don Kluting, who served as Sitka’s search captain for two decades. Kluting resigned last week, after the city decided to move SAR back into the Fire Department.

Two rescued as troller goes aground in heavy surf

SMR captain Don Kluting describes sea conditions at Low Island Monday morning as "a bit sporty." Crew members left the Mirage on foot, once the tide ebbed. (SMR photo/Don Kluting)Two crewmen were rescued safely after their troller ran aground in heavy seas in Sitka Sound early this morning (Mon 4-21-14). The 52-foot steel-hulled troller Mirage radioed a distress call at about 3:30 AM. The boat had gone aground on the southern shore of Low Island, in surf and strong southerly winds.

Reassigned to Harbors, Sitka response boat may see more action

Sitka's ERV is a SAFE Boat design favored by the Coast Guard and other agencies. (Don Kluting photo)Every year Sitka has its share of maritime emergencies and remote rescue operations. Last December, for example, two hunters were seriously injured in Salisbury Sound when their boat slammed into a cliff in the narrows. And while that and other events often make headlines, you don’t often hear about the state-of-the-art Emergency Response Vessel Sitka has available to render aid. That’s because, in many cases, the $200,000 boat has remained tied up at the dock.

Rescuers focus attention on prevention

Cdr. Pete Melnick, Air Station Sitka, and Sitka Mountain Rescue captain Don Kluting discuss some simple ideas for outdoor safety, whether you're planning a major hike or an afternoon walk.

Two Sitka hunters injured as boat strikes cliff

Mitch McGraw's 31-foot Almar sustained an estimated $30,000 damage in the crash, according to state Troopers. (SMR Photo/Don Kluting)Two Sitka hunters sustained serious injuries Tuesday evening (12-17-13), after their boat struck a cliff in Kakul Narrows, about 25 miles north of town. 34-year old Nick Galanin is being treated for spinal fractures at SEARHC's Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. 37-year old Mitch McGraw was medevacked to Seattle.

Body of missing teen found after four-day search

FALZERANO_tmbSearch officials confirmed that the body of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., was located this morning at about 9:25 AM, near the Indian River Trail. Falzerano’s family reported him missing on Tuesday, and teams had searched the Indian River Valley for the past three days.

No leads in search for missing Sitka teen

Scott Falzerano, Jr., has been missing since Monday, November 11. (Photo courtesy of Heleena van Veen, via Facebook)Search and rescue officials have no new leads in the disappearance of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., who was reported missing on Tuesday morning. He was last seen by friends on Monday afternoon near the cemetery on Sawmill Creek Road.

Search continues for missing Sitka man

Teams are searching for 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, who was last seen on Monday morning at home in Sitka’s Indian River neighborhood. His family reported him missing on Tuesday morning.